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Report: Governors reject Buhari’s order on state legislature, judiciary

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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to allow its members work out their own modalities on financial autonomy for the judiciary and the legislature at the state level, the CABLE report.

The president on May 22 signed the ordergranting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation.

The order empowered the accountant-general of the federation to deduct funds for the state legislature and the judiciary from the federal allocations to the states.

“Based on this order, where any state of the federation fails to release allocations meant for the state legislature and state judiciary, the accountant-general of the federation shall authorise deduction of the money from source,” the order read.

According to The Nation, state governors faulted the approach of the president, saying it was unnecessary and unconstitutional.

It said Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the NGF, was nominated to meet with the president and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to relate the concerns of the governors.

“We mandated the NGF chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi to have an audience with the President and Malami to avoid recourse to legal tussle on the interpretation of Section 121 (3) of the 1999 constitution,” the newspaper quoted a governor from the north-central as saying.

“We prefer dialogue to confrontation because we consider Executive Order 10 as unnecessary and an over-kill of the existing constitutional provision. You can see that in the last few days, AGF Malami has been trying to justify EO 10.

“And the NGF chairman on Thursday had closed door sessions with the President, where all the defects in EO 10 were spelt out.

“In another meeting with Malami on Thursday, the two parties agreed that some of the autonomy modalities were constitutionally flawed. The session reviewed the reservations of the governors.

“There will be a follow up with the AGF and minister of justice by the NGF legal committee comprising the governors of Sokoto, Plateau and Ondo states.”

“For a federating nation, there are so many extraneous clauses in EO 10 which are in conflict with the 1999 Constitution,” another governor was quoted to have said.

“For instance, Section 7 7(a) of the order made provision for a Presidential Implementation Committee to ensure compliance.

“For instance, in some states, there is already appropriation law for the state legislature and the Judiciary. Of what use is this E0 10 then?

“In most states, we have a joint account allocation committee. Are we saying that EO 10 is superior to a state’s law enacted by the house of assembly?

“Instead of rushing to issue EO 10, the appropriate thing for the Federal Government is to sit down with the governors and agree on autonomy modalities in line with Section 121(3) of the constitution.”

The Cable Report

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Police not Nigeria’s problem, shouldn’t be targeted — Dickson

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Senenator Seriake Dickson, representing Bayelsa West, PDP, in the National Assembly on Friday said police was not the problem of Nigeria and should not be seen as enemy .

The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Frank Mba in Abuja in a statement on Friday in Abuja quoted Dickson as saying this in Abuja

Mr Mba explained that the former Bayelsa governor made the assertion when he paid a solidarity visit to the Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba.

The senator, a two time governor of Bayelsa, said that the visit was in solidarity with the police over the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on the force.

Mr Dicksom said that the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other government infrastructure in some parts of the country were condemnable.

The senator called for a cessation of all forms of criminal attack on police and government infrastructure in the country.

He congratulated the new police boss on his appointment as the 21st indigenous I-G and called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.

Mr Dickson commended the Nigeria Police for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.

In his remark, I-G Baba commended the Senator and pledged that the force would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property in spite of the numerous challenges.

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Ex-Gov accuses southern governors of betrayal over ban on open grazing

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Former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has accused the Southern Governors of a ‘betrayal of trust’ after the consensus to outlaw open grazing in the country.

He also accused them of betraying their oath of allegiance to the President of Nigeria.

According to Adamu, “the fact that they have taken a decision as a divisive move does not speak well of their intention. I feel it is a betrayal of trust. I think they are just playing to the gallery.

The former two-term governor of Nasarawa State made the submission on Thursday in Keffi, the state capital during an interview with journalists.

This was in response to the communique issued by the 17 southern governors after their meeting on Tuesday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Southern Governors Forum at the end of its meeting held in Delta State on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the security situation in the country and speak directly to Nigerians.

The Governors while banning open grazing in their region, also noted that the activities of armed herdsmen in the southern part of the country is a serious security challenge that needs urgent attention as innocent citizens are being killed and their properties destroyed.

However, Adamu in his reaction said the Governors are only playing to the gallery and have said nothing different.

In order to promulgate the law, the Governors ought to have ensured passage via their respective Houses of Assembly rather than addressing the issue in a public communique.

Adamu said, “While we accept the fact that we have freedom of association and freedom of expression as citizens, they have failed to express their views through the right channel. They are members of the National Council of State. Every governor is a member of the NCS. It also included former presidents who are still living.

What they are saying is not new. Those things have become like broken records, saying the same thing over and over again. Why can’t they come to the appropriate body which is the National Assembly to project their ideas?

They have members in the National Assembly who are representing them, if they have an issue that is so important as that which borders on the constitution of the country, they should go there and express their grievances.

“We would sit, debate it and see how best we can come out of it. There can’t be Nigeria if everyone want to have things happen in his or her own way.

“There is a constitution and there is a framework that we are supposed to operate as governors. To go outside it is a betrayal of their oath of office. Each of them talking there, if you take a look at what is happening in their individual states, they cannot in all honesty and good conscience, challenge Buhari.”

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Eid el Fitr; Former Federal Lawmaker,Mohammed Sani Kutigi Greets Nigerlites.

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A former Federal Lawmaker from Niger state and PDP starlwart,Alhaji Mohammed Sani Kutigi has sent a message of congratulations to Moslem faithfuls and the people of Niger state on the occassion of Eid el Fitr.

In a message to mark the occassion,the Federal Lawmaker commemded the people of Niger state for remaining peaceful and law abiding amidst naked provocations.

Kutigi urged the people of the state to pray more fervently for God’s intervention inview of frequent securtiy threats to lives and properties.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain securtiy conscious,their neighbors keepers and report suspicious movement to the law enforcement agencies.

He challenged the security agencies to do more in the protection of lives and properties of hapless citizens from bandits attacks, kidnapping and herders threats to lives and properties.

The PDP starlwart and national officer congratulated the people of the state for witnessing this year’s occassion.

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